Wildlife Conservation in Costa Rica

with Go Eco

newspaper Internship
location South America
start date Every Sunday 2 weeks to 12 weeks
salary Volunteer Project
accommodation includedAccommodation included
food and mealsTwo meals per day while at the homestay; three per day at the sanctuary
training providedTraining provided

GoEco vets each and every partner and only promotes programs with sustainable, long-term goals. All volunteers have an impact.

Our goal is for you to leave your host country with an even greater passion for volunteering and a desire to share your experience with others when you return home.

Wildlife Conservation in Costa Rica

gap year project highlights Highlights

Gain hands-on experience in animal care
Work with sloths, monkeys, jaguars and other local species
Gain academic credit
Partake in positive cultural exchange by living with a host family during orientation
Join for a longer duration and join as an intern

typical day What's it like

A typical day on this gap year project

Volunteers prepare food, feed the animals, maintain the sanctuaries and assist with releases when possible.

Day 1, Sunday: Arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). Volunteers will be picked up and taken to settle in with their host family.

Days 2-5, Monday- Thursday: Partake in an exciting cultural immersion week, including Spanish language lessons, several orientation sessions, Latin dance classes, a yoga session and more!

Days 6-7, Friday and Saturday (or through Sunday): Free time in San Jose! (See Travel Highlights below for travel destination suggestions.)

Days 8-9, Sunday and Monday: Transfer to the bus terminal for the trip to the chosen animal rescue centre. Transfer day is dependent upon sanctuary placement.

Days 10-13, Tuesday - Friday: Meaningful volunteer work at the wildlife sanctuary.

Day 14, Saturday: Volunteers staying only two weeks will return to their San Jose host family for departure the next day. Those remaining at the project will have a day off to enjoy surrounding areas (variety of places to visit!)

Day 15, Sunday: Departure day for those staying just two weeks.

Weeks 3-12: Additional weeks allow for weekdays of exciting volunteer work and fun weekends.

ideal candidate Project Requirements

Who would be a suitable participant?

Age: 18 - 70
Conversational Spanish required. Beginners should enroll in a minimum 2-week Spanish course (for an additional fee)
Able to cope with basic conditions
Physically fit
Love and respect for animals
Flexible and open-minded to do all kinds of chores, depending on project needs
Adaptability to the weather in Costa Rica (tropical climate - high temperatures and humidity during the rainy season)
All volunteers coming from South America or Africa must have a yellow fever vaccination certification in order to enter Costa Rica

our offer Project Benefits

What we can offer you

Accommodations, most meals, airport pick-up, 24/7 support from GoEco and the local team.


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